The California Federation of Women’s Clubs (CFWC) is a statewide non-profit service organization with 10,000 members. Clubs offer leadership and personal growth opportunities to members while enriching the lives of others through philanthropic service. Our motto “Strength United is Stronger” reminds us that more can be accomplished when we unite our efforts to serve others.
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History of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With nearly 80,000 members and affiliated clubs in every state and a dozen countries, GFWC members support a broad range of causes and charitable projects in their communities. GFWC’s roots began in 1868 when journalist Jane Cunningham Croly was denied admittance to a New York press club event because of her gender. Ms. Croly began efforts to form a new club, for women. In April 1890, 63 women’s clubs throughout the U.S. officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.